Linnstaedt awarded a Future Leaders in Pain grant

Sarah D. Linnstaedt, PhD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, has been awarded a Future Leaders in Pain grant from The American Pain Society. This prestigious junior faculty award will help Dr. Linnstaedt to advance her studies examining the role of microRNA in chronic pain pathogenesis.

Linnstaedt awarded a Future Leaders in Pain grant click to enlarge Sarah D. Linnstaedt, PhD

The American Pain Society is the leading academic organization for pain research in the United States.  The American Pain Society Future Leaders grant is awarded to two junior faculty in the US each year whose work is believed to have the highest merit and potential to advance the pain field.

Dr. Linnstaedt’s research focuses on understanding pathogenic mechanisms of pain development following stress/trauma exposure.  She is particularly interested in the role that microRNA and other non-coding RNAs play in the development of chronic pain.  Using a combination of human genetics, molecular biology, and cell culture studies, she aims to define key RNA mediators in the transition from acute to chronic pain. This work has the potential to substantially advance understanding regarding how persistent pain states develop. The microRNA that she is identifying could also one day serve as novel targets for therapeutic intervention.

Dr. Linnstaedt was recruited to the TRYUMPH research program in the University of North Carolina Department of Anesthesiology from Duke University in 2012.  Previously, she was supported by a T32 grant at Duke University and studied the role of microRNA in B cell lymphomas.

In the lab, Dr. Linnstaedt enjoys mentoring her undergraduate research assistants and collaborating with other researchers across campus.  While not in the lab, Dr. Linnstaedt spends her time traveling, taking photos, and having fun with her family.